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TAX Day – Ugh!!
I recently read in the United States people work Jan. 1 through June 30th of each year, just to pay all of their taxes. Here in Canada, add another month or two. After that, you keep all you make. Prior to that, 100% goes to the government in some form or fashion to pay for some kind of government worker, work program, social program, defence, project, health care, common good, common bad, etc. Whatever you want to call it, April 18th is TAX day; the deadline for filing your federal income taxes in Canada is April 30th. Why April?
So, in celebration of this special time of year, let’s talk TAX relief. If you received last month’s letter from me, you will recall our goal of trying to raise $25,000.00 for Women’s Shelter Canada. But – we need your help and I believe you can benefit from the TAX relief as well.
Just down the street from where I am typing this, Women’s Shelter has a full house of women fighting for their freedom. For them and their kids, taxes are not “top of mind”, safety is. Freedom is. Surviving is. As you may have heard, Women’s Shelter is front and center in the fight against violence and abuse that affect so many families right here in our local community. We are thankful to have such a wonderful facility close by, doing such great work to help keep women and children safe.
The Toronto Platinum Realty Team and Royal Lepage
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So even though we are trying to figure out how much we owe the tax man, many are simply hoping they can be here to actually pay taxes. This is why we here at Toronto Platinum Realty Team have resolved to do what we can to help.
For every house we sell this year, we are donating a portion of our income to Women’s Shelter Canada. Our goal, again, is to raise $25,000 to help them in their quest to Heal, Save, Comfort women and children under their care.This is where we need your help and how you can benefit at the same time…
Charitable contributions are tax deductible to a point. Rather than give your money to the government, you should consider making a donation to a charity. If you like this idea, we will match your donation up to $250 if you decide Women’s Shelter Canada is a good place to donate. Check with your Accountant to verify the deduction allowed on your taxes before pursuing this avenue.
Either way, your referrals are in good hands and help us contribute to a good cause.
Life moves fast for some and we are eager to make the Home Selling and Buying experience a smooth rewarding one. Over the last decade of helping almost a thousand families sell their home and/or buy another, we have met some wonderful, loving, caring people. People like you! So your referrals, those you know considering a move, that we help – you can rest assured that not only will they get the award winning service we are known for, but that a solid portion of the income we receive from the transaction will go toward a very worthy cause.
Your Referrals Really Do Help Families...
Any one you know considering buying or selling a home, friends, neighbours, associates or family members, call me direct at 647-405-6878 or pass my number on to them. You can also fill out the enclosed response card and pop it in the mail to me, or pass it along to who you know considering a move.
You and your referrals mean more than ever to my team and me. As we move forward in this new season, please know we are extremely thankful for you and your being a special part of our business.
I want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbours, associates or family members considering making a move, so here are your options:
1. You can fill out the enclosed response card with who you know considering a move and mail back to me.
2. You can pass along our business card to them, I have enclosed a couple here for that purpose.
3. You can go to www.ReferralsHelpFamilies.com and enter their contact info on line or forward the link to who you know considering a move.
4. Of course you can always call me direct as well at 647-405-6878.
We promise to do better than good work for any loved one considering making a move you refer to us.
With all my appreciation.
P.S. Enclosed here is an article of How a Life was Saved because you Cared. And how your referrals really do help the families in crisis. Keep ‘em coming…A life saved, because you cared
In Isabelle’s home country in central Africa, not every girl was able to go to school, much less complete her education and enter the legal profession. So when she began practicing corporate law after her graduation, she didn’t take anything for granted.
And it got even better. While in law school she developed a relationship with another budding lawyer, Lionel*, and soon after they graduated they became engaged. In 1997, moved to Canada, got married and started their family.
After the births of their son and daughter, Lionel returned to their home country on business. Little did Isabelle know she would never see him again…he seemed to disappear into thin air.
Devastated, lonely and frightened, Isabelle knew she would have to find a way to support herself and her children. Because of language and educational differences she had been unable to practice law in Canada, so she ended up taking a job in a local restaurant in order to put food on the table.
One of the few bright spots was a new friendship with Claude*, a handsome young man from a country in Africa not far from her home. Isabelle and Claude began dating, and within a few months they were sharing a life together with Claude promising that he would take care of her and the children and love them forever.
It wasn’t long, though, before this dream relationship turned into a nightmare. The beatings seemed to come out of nowhere, and this man who had promised to protect Isabelle instead battered her with fists—and with words. “You aren’t worth anything. Something’s wrong with you. You can’t make anything of yourself.”
And with no one else to talk to, she began to believe he was right.
But someone took notice. Isabelle had been attending school to brush up on her English, and her instructor saw troubling signs and began to suspect something was wrong. “Isabelle,” she said, “You are not safe. You must leave before he kills you.”
As Isabelle watched her children cower in fear of Claude’s next rampage, she listened to the encouragement of her instructor. At the very next opportunity, she found the courage to file a police report. The police took her and the children straight to Interval House.
“I will never forget that day,” remembers Isabelle. “I was so frightened and I didn’t know what would happen. I was afraid to turn my back. But the staff kept saying, ‘Everything is going to be okay.’ They didn’t even know me! And they were treating me like I was family!”
“In those first days, the staff assured me that I wasn’t crazy, that I was strong and capable, and that I could make it. But BESS (Building Economic Self-Sufficiency) showed me how I could make it.” During the BESS program, Isabelle learned how to write a resume and a cover letter, how to make the most of the skills she had, and how to work toward her personal goals. “I believe in myself now,” she says with a smile. “Without BESS, that wouldn’t have been possible.”
Isabelle is now settled in her own apartment, working toward the life she dreamed of as she was growing up. And the children? They beg to go back to Interval House on Saturdays to take part in the activities they came to love!
Isabelle wants you to know that you saved her life. In fact, she is now looking for ways to give back, to contribute to the lives of other women in her shoes. “I don’t know how yet, but I will help,” she says. “Please give so that other families still have hope!”
* Real names and some details in this story have been altered to protect Isabelle’s identity.